Washington DC hasn't hosted a new year's eve fireworks display for several years now, which is a real shame (they do make up for it on the 4th of July however!) but there is still more than enough going on in the nation's capital to keep you well entertained as you celebrate the arrival of the new year.
We did have some hopes that the arrival of President Trump and his penchant for the flamboyant might increase the chances of a big new year party and the return of the NYE fireworks on the National Mall but as the day draws closer it seems unlikely that this will be the case.
The Big Night DC lays claim to being the biggest New Year's Eve Gala anywhere in America, and backs it up with a party that includes 15 different themed party areas, a myriad selection of full, open bars, live bands and top-name DJs, all in a fantastic venue at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort that offers the significant additional benefit of views over the Potomac River, Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria.
The James Bond New Year's Eve Gala at the Washington Plaza Hotel is another signature DC new years event, entering it's 15th year to welcome in 2019. This promises a red carpet, celebrity experience with international buffet stations, premium open bar and a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. For a little extra the Presidential Suite ticket will get you access to exclusive additional areas as well as a gourmet seated dinner.
For a somewhat more down-to-earth experience then many of the younger crowd in DC choose to see in the new year with a bar crawl around the city's many hostelries - the NYE Crawl 'Til The Ball Falls Bar Crawl is the iconic event in this genre and is reputedly a decent night out, even if it does dramatically reduce you chances of still being vertical come midnight!
A fabulous glamourous party with costumes and live entertainment. Full ne wyear 2019 party lineup and ticket details to follow.
The W Hotel holds an annual new year party with fine dining, live
entertainment and some great VIP options. Last year's event had a
Speakeasy theme, we'll let you know what they're going for this year
as soon as we hear, plus we'll have the online tickets for sale of
Another option many people go for in DC is to take a cruise on the Potomac, giving you guaranteed access to some of the most spectacular views the capital has to offer. The Odyssey Cruise on the Potomac offers live entertainment and dancing, an open premium bar option, champagne toast at midnight plus of course the backdrop of the iconic illuminated monuments. Really is a shame there aren't any fireworks!
An alternative cruise option is provided by Spirit Cruises with the Spirit of Washington NYE Dinner. This event includes dining, dancing to DJ entertainment and sipping your favourite cocktails with a Premium Open Bar Package and more - looks like a fantastic evening!
Catch 15 Italian Kitchen and Oyster Bar is hosting an Italian Masquerade Dinner and Party to celebrate new year 2019, offering a special 4-course dinner, champagne toast, party favors, live DJ and dancing. Reservation details to follow.
Washington DC has some of the best hotels in the land, and with the local politicians away on their holidays over the festive period you can often secure some surprisingly good deals.
be sure to ask about private parties, as many of the top venues host their own events which can make planning you new year party that much easier by keeping it all in the same place!
You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
There may not be any fireworks to watch, but it's atil lalways worth checking uot soem of the local views from Washingn DC, where there are some of the best webcam views around, including fabulous live streaming views from the Washington Monument and the National Mall:
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